iPads for Teaching Graphic Symbols to People With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Orit E. Hetzroni, Einav Israel

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Individuals with low functioning autism spectrum disorders (LFASD) who demonstrate significant cognitive and communication needs benefit from using technology for learning graphic symbols for enhancing participation. This study investigated if an iPad application would increase identification of graphic symbols by children and adults with LFASD. Adults and children with LFASD used an application to learn 15 graphic symbols. Participants were able to focus for the duration of the activity and use the educational software for learning graphic symbols. By the end to the study, 50% of the participants in both groups recognized the meaning of more symbols after intervention. iPad use enabled control of the stimulus by reducing communication barriers, which increased participants' ability to learn symbols. Even participants with little ability to focus were able to complete the whole activity. Technology enabled learning of most of the symbols though the specially created application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-107
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cognitive Education and Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2019

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  • autism spectrum disorder
  • communication needs
  • graphic symbols
  • iPad
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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